A MESSAGE FROM BETSY
Where were you?

I was sitting in seventh-grade German class and I remember my teacher leaving class and joining a teacher huddle just outside our classroom door. Should they turn on the TV so we could watch the news, they wondered with each other.

I was eleven years old—too young to anticipate or comprehend how fundamentally our world would change because of that day, but old enough to feel the weight of universal despair, fear, and grief that descended on our country so quickly.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

As you reflect on that day and the twenty years since, I invite you read the words of J. Herbert Nelson, our denomination's Stated Clerk. And I invite you to join me in praying the following prayer, which was prayed by many of our brothers and sisters in faith ten years ago, as communities marked the ten-year anniversary of 9/11:

God of all creation,
our hearts are broken over the destruction and loss we remember at this anniversary.
And we acknowledge, O Lord,
that on that day of human carnage yours was the first heart to break.

In our remembering, may we stand with those who mourn
and those who cannot stop mourning.
In our remembering, may we find new comfort in your care.
In our remembering may we be drawn to a new hope for the whole world,
and may we gain for ourselves a measure of your peace.

You who can turn the shadow of night into the bright promise of a new day,
empower us to shape a world marked by ways of life
that lead to justice and peace for all peoples.
Fashion in us a people who are more ready
to grow in understanding than eager to judge those who are different from us.
Form us as a people determined to heal wounds rather than inflict them.

We pray at last that you would cultivate such love in us
that we may reach out in compassion to all those who are still wounded
by the events of that day;
and in seeking to heal others, may we experience a love that makes us whole.
This we pray in the strong name of Jesus our Christ. Amen

With great hope,
Betsy
MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Face Mask 2
Masks are required – regardless of vaccination status – for indoor worship and all other meetings and activities in the building. It is recommended that people practice social distancing when in the building.

Worship continues to be available via livestream on our YouTube channel. If you are feeling ill, have been exposed to COVID-19, or simply feel more comfortable worshipping from home, then we encourage you to worship via livestream.
THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP

Rev. Betsy Lyles Swetenburg
will be preaching a sermon titled
Reclaimed: Worth

You're invited to read
in preparation for Sunday.
KID CONNECTION

On Sunday, Sept. 12th, we will resume Sunday School for kids with a new twist. We are providing space for many different learning levels and styles through a Montessori-like learning environment where we will continue to offer substantive and meaningful opportunities for faith development.

Children will begin with a combined gathering with music and a Bible story on the children's wing south porch. They will then divide into two groups (preschool and elementary) where they will rotate through various stations at their own pace, learning in various ways about the story for the week.

We will be using the new PC(USA) curriculum, Follow Me. This curriculum helps kids learn about what following Jesus really looks like in daily life. We will begin with a series on Welcoming and head into a series on Following Jesus.


YOUTH CONNECTION

Youth Connection resumes this Sunday, Sept. 12th
at 10 a.m. in the Youth Suite.

Teachers Mike Buchanan, Linda Hale Buchanan, and Monty Watson will be leading the youth.
THE OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE
TO HEAR FROM THE CONGREGATION

The ONC would like suggestions from the congregation as to who you think would be a good choice for Elder or Deacon. The nominating committee will begin their work this month to put together a slate of officers for the coming term. Please email Anne Raymond at araymond@crowholdings.com with your suggestions. Thank you.
MISSION COMMITTEE: HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Northridge Without Borders is looking for volunteers to help with the coming influx of Afghani refugees:
1.     Become a Welcome Team member via Refugee Service of Texas (RST):  Our welcome team will assist with airport pickup, provide a culturally appropriate welcome meal, set up an apartment, and provide groceries for arriving families. The first step is to complete a volunteer orientation and background check through Refugee Services of Texas. Click here to sign up via the RST website. For more information, contact Clare Stein (clare1234@sbcglobal.net) or MerriLee Anderson (mlandersonphd@gmail.com).
 
2. Participate in our Toiletry Drive by donating any of the following items for families in need: 
·        Toothpaste
·        Toothbrushes
·        Deodorant
·        Razors
·        Soap/body wash
·        Shampoo
·        Combs/brushes
·        Feminine products
      Look for collection boxes in the narthex.
 
3.   Support RST's Amazon List — click here to purchase other needed items for families.
 
Many thanks from The Mission Committee!
Northridge Mission Work Day
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Waxahachie, TX
Saturday,  September 18
 
Join us in Waxahachie on September 18 for a day of service and fellowship at Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, one of our mission partners for more than 20 years. We’ll spend the day working on several projects at the homes to support families and staff. Our projects will be indoors and will allow for social distancing.

Typical Projects:
·        Clean homes in preparation for arrival of new families
·        Organize and sort donated clothing/items
·        Prepare unused donations for other non-profit organizations


Schedule

Morning:
8:00               Depart NR parking lot
9:00               Arrive at PCHS
9:00 – 12:00  Projects as Assigned

Lunch: 12 to 1 pm
(PCHS families may join us pending COVID-19 protocols)

Afternoon:
1:00 – 3:30    Projects as Assigned
3:30 – 4:00    Wrap Up and Depart PCHS
5:00               Arrive NR Parking Lot

We’ll meet in the church parking lot and caravan to PCHS. No special skills required, just open hearts and helping hands. PCHS requires anyone under 17 to be accompanied by an adult. Families are welcome! Please use the sign-up sheet in the church Narthex to help us plan for the projects and lunch. For questions or comments, please contact Allan Tepera (972) 841 4235 or email allantepera@sbcglobal.net
NWB Book Study: "Somewhere in the Unknown World"
Join Northridge Without Borders in a discussion about "Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir" by Kao Kalia Yang.

The group talk will take place at Northridge at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29th.
THIS SUNDAY: SPEAKER SANDY KRESS
Don't miss our next adult education series with renowned educator Sandy Kress!

He will lead us in a discussion on "Patriarchs, Matriarchs, and You: What Can We Learn from the Old Testament Leaders?"

Head to Quillin Hall during the 10:00 connection hour on September 12, 19, and 26.

Please note: this week, Sandy will join us virtually, though we will still meet in Quillin Hall! Sandy will be in person the following two weeks.
WIRED WORD SEPT. 15
via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 1620 1906
Passcode: 681172

Each week, The Wired Word provides resources on a current event. This week the topic is: "Fear of Eviction Plagues Many Already Hit Hard by the Pandemic."

An email is sent to those interested. Previous participants don't need to sign up again — they're on the list. Those who would like to join or who would like more information are invited to contact Mike Marcotte at marcottem@prodigy.net.
FALL GRIEF RECOVERY WORKSHOP: REGISTER NOW
Faith & Grief Recovery Workshop
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
 
Have you lost a loved one in the last year or two? Or has someone you know? This workshop is open to Northridge members and the community at large with a limited class size. 

In conjunction with the Dallas-based Faith & Griefsm Ministries, Northridge will offer an 8-week Faith & Grief Recovery Workshop, beginning September 13. The workshop is a series of sessions where participants explore sacred stories related to grief, share their stories in small group discussions, and are introduced to spiritual practices designed to promote comfort in grief. The workshop will be facilitated by Faith & Grief cofounder Rev. Wendy Fenn and senior workshop leader Rev. Diane Pennington.

The series will be held in person at Northridge on Monday evenings, September 13—November 1, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend*. To learn more about Faith & Griefsm Workshop and to register, use the link at the top, or contact Tony Cummins at tw.cummins@outlook.com.
*Registrations cancelled less than 2 weeks in advance will incur a $20 materials recovery fee. 
WARNING: BEWARE OF SPAM!
It has come to our attention that a number of you have received false information via text or email asking for a favor from Betsy, usually related to purchasing gift cards.

Please note that this is a scam, and we would never ask you to submit personal or financial information to the church.

-Betsy will never ask you for an ambiguous "favor" via text or email

-Betsy will never ask you to purchase gift cards on behalf of the church

-Betsy will never ask you to share personal financial information via text or email

If you receive a message that you suspect may be false, please contact the church office immediately to verify the information and report the attempted scam.

If you have any further questions, you may contact the church office.
ADULT EDUCATION
Bible Study: Tuesdays - 7:30 a.m.
Join us!
Meeting ID: 954 9571 6184
Passcode: 027540